Helaing Stories SIG

Narrative Medicine: Inspiring Healing Through Story

by Lewis Mehl-Medrona. The power of story emerged in the pages of the New York Times on May 12, 2002, in an article by Natalie Angier about Michael Gearin-Tosh, a professor of English literature at Oxford University. We read the spirited account of his diagnosis of multiple myeloma, a virulent cancer of the bone marrow. …

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Greeting the Human in Each Other

by Diane Wyzga. They said I was mentally disturbed. They said I posed a threat. They asked the security guards to call the police and have me removed from the premises. Once, when the Spanish had taken over an Aztec city they refused to let in anyone who was dressed in traditional Aztec clothes. A …

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Graphic Storytelling & Medical Narratives

by Mary K. Clark Are you interested in storytelling and medical narratives? While many who visit the Healing Story Alliance Website are oral storytellers, we can learn much from story as it is expressed in other art forms. Penn State University’s College of Medicine asks their 4th year residents to create graphic stories – that …

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Memory and Stories: Truth, Tales and Understanding

by Mary K. Clark We all have them – personal stories.  Whether we are performing, sharing anecdotes, family stories or heartfelt remembrances, we often tell our stories as if they were absolutely the truth and nothing but the truth. And, because we feel that way ourselves, our stories are often believed. Perhaps our stories are …

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Book Review-The Beggar King and the Secret of Happiness

by Joel ben Izzy. Reviewed by Lani Peterson. Sought out by banks, law firms and organizations to teach storytelling technique, Joel ben Izzy is quickly becoming one of the most visible players in the storytelling field. Not bad for a storyteller who only six years ago had no voice. Literally. His story is thoughtfully unraveled …

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